Volunteers and Donors Contribute to LaundryCares’ Growth and Success

The Coin Laundry Association is celebrating a “Month of Thanks” in November to show its appreciation for its members and the industry. The CLA is thankful for the volunteers, donors and other literacy organizations that helped to make the LaundryCares Foundation a...

Clean Show Postponed Until Summer 2022

Messe Frankfurt has announced that the 2021 edition of The Clean Show will be postponed due to the continued global impact of COVID-19. The next edition will be held July 30-August 2, 2022, in Atlanta. After months of strategic conversations with Messe Frankfurt’s...

The Heroes Among Us

Saluting Just a Few of the Many Military Veterans Who Continue to Serve… Now as Part of the Laundry Industry On the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or truce, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany, ending the First World War....

CLA Kicks Off a ‘Month of Thanks’

The Coin Laundry Association is celebrating a “Month of Thanks” in November to show its appreciation for its members and the industry. With November being the month we celebrate Thanksgiving and with the challenging year this has been, the CLA thought this month would...

PlanetLaundry Podcast

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All Systems Go

All Systems Go

How to Keep Your Laundromat’s HVAC Units Running as Smoothly and Efficiently as Possible Hopefully, by now any lingering heat from summer has passed and the cooler weather of fall is upon us. I say “hopefully,” because the summer heat can create a number of challenges...

The Next Chapter

The Next Chapter

Laundry Industry Veteran Stephen Gramaglia Discusses His New Life as a First-Time Store Owner After more than 20 years of helping would-be laundromat owners finance their entrepreneurial dreams, Stephen Gramaglia has opened his own vended laundry business – CleanFresh...

The Lifeblood of Your Laundromat

The Lifeblood of Your Laundromat

A Look at the Current Utilities Markets – And What Laundry Owners Are Doing to Control Costs Natural gas futures collapsed to a 25-year low below $1.50 per MMBtu in late June, due in part to an ongoing supply glut made worse by the coronavirus-induced drop off in...

Headlines

EVI Industries to Acquire Yankee Equipment Systems

EVI Industries Inc., headquartered in Miami, has executed a definitive merger agreement to acquire commercial laundry distributor Yankee Equipment Systems Inc., based in Barrington, N.H., for $13.5 million, to be paid in a combination of cash and EVI common stock. The...

Lawmakers Introduce Coin Composition Legislation

U.S. Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to allow the U.S. Mint to adjust the metal content of circulating coins in an effort to save taxpayer dollars. The Mint estimates that, by adjusting the metal content of...

ESD, Cents Announce New Partnership

Payment systems provider ESD recently teamed up with Cents, a business management software company. Through this partnership, laundromats that currently feature ESD’s card reader equipment now have access to the Cents operating platform – with a no-cost delivery...

Star Distributing Names Vice President of Sales

Star Distributing – headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. – has named John Herron vice president of sales. In his new position, Herron will be responsible for the company’s sales efforts within the vended laundry and OPL segments. He will serve operators in Tennessee,...

Girbau Mexico Names New General Manager

Girbau – headquartered in Vic, Spain – has appointed Ramiro Gordillo as general manager of the company’s subsidiary in Mexico. With this appointment, Girbau has strengthened its management team in Mexico to help drive its growth in the country and continue its...

Summit 2020: Literacy-Rich Spaces in Everyday Places

The LaundryCares Foundation, Too Small to Fail Host 3rd Annual LaundryCares Literacy Summit In mid-September, more than 870 laundromat owners, librarians, educators and philanthropists came together for the 3rd annual LaundryCares Literacy Summit, a three-day virtual...

CLA Survey: Coin Shortage Continues to Plague Laundromats

The Coin Laundry Association recently solicited store-owner input on the current coin shortage, in an effort to gauge the size and scope of its impact on the industry. Among those who responded to the association’s survey, 65 percent of the laundry operators admitted...

For Sale by Owner

A Step-by-Step Primer for Selling Your Laundromat – On Your Own After years of steady growth and with still ample time remaining on your lease, you’ve decided the time is right to sell your vended laundry business. Although it’s tempting to simply hire a business...

Superior Laundry Names Regional Sales Manager

Superior Laundry Equipment Co., headquartered in New York City, recently named Justin Tucci regional sales manager for the company’s newly acquired territory of southern New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and select northern counties of Maryland. Tucci boasts...

CLA Offers New Healthcare Insurance Program

The Coin Laundry Association has teamed up with LIG Solutions – a division of Lighthouse Insurance Group – to offer CLA members, as well as their families and employees, access to exclusive healthcare insurance coverage. The offerings through this new agreement...

Financing Your First Laundromat

Financing Your First Laundromat

During this webinar, our panelists will share with you their experience in financing their first store, what they learned along the way and advice on how to get started.

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This Month's Issue

  • The Heroes Among Us: Saluting Just a Few of the Many Military Veterans Who Continue to Serve…Now as Part of the Laundry Industry
  • Laundry 101:  Working with a Broker to Buy or Sell Your Next Laundry
  • Coping with COVID-19: Three Store Owners Who Have Adapted – And Continue to Thrive – During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Summit 2020: Literacy-Rich Spaces in Everyday Places
  • And more…

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Industry News

CLA Kicks Off a ‘Month of Thanks’

The Coin Laundry Association is celebrating a “Month of Thanks” in November to show its appreciation for its members and the industry. With November being the month we celebrate Thanksgiving and with the challenging year this has been, the CLA thought this month would...

HappyNest Launches New Miami Location

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has expanded into the Miami market. “HappyNest has been very successful with our partners in Palm Beach and Broward counties, and we have found another great partner in Miami, which will allow for widespread marketing...

GNA Salutes Long-Time Staffers

Girbau North America recently recognized more than a dozen employees who have accrued 10 to 25 years of service to the company. “The fact that our employees continue to find our company a favorable career choice lends itself to the idea that our work environment,...

WaveMAX Announces 100th Development Deal

Laundromat franchise WaveMAX Laundry recently announced its 100th development agreement. In addition, the company plans to have more than 50 WaveMAX facilities up and running by 2022. Recent agreements have been signed to bring the brand to New Orleans and Houston,...

Daniels Equipment Hosts ‘Hybrid’ Profit Symposium

Laundromat owners from six New England states recently attended the first hybrid Daniels Equipment Co. Inc. Profit Symposium: Next Steps Together. The event, which focused on laundry sanitization and disinfection, blended online presentations and panel discussions...

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The Laundry Doctor

Planning for a New Normal

Planning for a New Normal

Key Considerations for Laundry Owners in the Post-COVID-19 World These days, I find myself spending a good chunk of my time thinking about my laundry business – not necessarily about what to do with my PPP stimulus money or how to run my operation in the middle of...

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The Business Mind

Understanding Our Economic Behavior

Understanding Our Economic Behavior

How Our Psychological Makeup Impacts Our Financial Decisions I’ve consulted with a great many laundromat owners over the years. And nearly all of them have been preoccupied with their financial decisions – either those that had been made in the past or those that the...

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Wash With Wally

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Highlights

Digital Marketing

Deconstructing the ‘App’

Three Types of Apps Any Business Can Use – Even Yours When you hear the word “app,” you probably think about something on your phone that has a pretty specific use. Something like the Facebook app or your bank app. They’re useful and handy – but, ultimately,...

Thriving in an Urban Setting

Simple, Effective Tactics for Building Business in Today’s Growing Metro Areas The data is clear. Pew Research recently shared that more people than ever are moving to urban areas and the diversity of our nation’s cities is increasing dramatically. For business...

Viewpoint

United We Stand

We are all in uncharted territory these days. No doubt, the news regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) changes by the day, the hour… and sometimes the minute. As unsettling as this situation may sometimes seem, be assured that the Coin Laundry Association is...

A Decade of Transformation

“Call me crazy, but I like to see other people happy and succeeding. Life is a journey, not a competition.” I read that quote years ago on a billboard somewhere, and it just resonated with me. So, when I became a CLA Board member, I knew my purpose was to help others...

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